Stacking the Shelves #5: Christmas Edition 2014

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Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tyngas Reviews
know that a lot of people are doing this and it's incredibly unoriginal of me but let's face it, we all like to have a nosey at what books people got for Christmas! It's my favourite post to read and favourite booktube video to watch so I thought that I would show you all exactly what I got! I want to start off by saying I am in no way bragging, nor did I expect this amount of stuff that I got, I am so lucky to have my family and friends both online and offline and I love and appreciate every one of them. I decided to do it in the typical stacking the shelves style but I wanted to make sure you all knew that this is my official Christmas haul, I hope you enjoy it!

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin - I got this off my lovely parents, I wasn't
expecting it at all because it wasn't even on my wishlist but they had clearly paid attention to what I had been saying and when I showed them that I got the first one they must've made note, was such a great surprise!

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - This was something I was really hoping for, this was also a present off my parents and I really wanted another book by Laurie Halse Anderson after how much I enjoyed wintergirls and when I opened it, I was just so excited, I swear I'm still a child inside. This is quite a difficult topic, surrounding rape and being able to talk about it, so if you are triggered by this please give this book a miss. This is what I love about Laurie though, she writes about real topics that are very difficult and hard to discuss.

Hurt by Tabitha Suzuma - This book was sent to me by the lovely Megan Olivier and she was the person who sent me the amazing Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma, my favourite book that I have read this year, so it only seemed fitting that she got me this! I'm not sure exactly what this is about but I can't wait to get more into Tabitha's work, thank you so much Meg!! <3

Forgive me Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick - This was another book that was a surprise, but this time from my lovely boyfriend, Alex, I had asked him for this but he said that after buying me a few presents he forgot to order it, but he actually did! I've been dying to get my hands on this, it sounds really interesting and I do enjoy Matthew Quick's writing, I want to try it again after The Silver Linings Playbook. This is about a boy who decides to kill himself and his best friend, least that's what I think it is. Thank you so much Alex <3

The Psychopath Whisperer by Kent Kiehl - Another book sent by my lovely boyfriend, naturally he had to put something psychology related in there, he knows me so well. This is all about the idea as to whether Psychopath's are criminals that can't be treated or whether Psychopathy is actually a mental disease comparable to Schizophrenia, which is the kind of thing I am interested in for my career, so thank you again Alex!

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger - This book I have wanted for so long and was given to me this christmas by the lovely Tasha who is just so lovely and clearly knows me so well. I am not entirely sure what this book is about but I have been told that I will really enjoy this one and I do know that this book is what influenced Mark Chapman to kill John Lennon, which had me really intrigued, so thank you so much Tasha!

Q&A a day - This isn't exactly a book but I wanted to include it anyway because I thought it was really cool and I do love things like this. This was given to me by my lovely parents and is basically a journal where you answer a question every day for five years, it's the same question each year so you get to see how your answers change over the years, cool huh? It's a lot easier to keep up because it's a simple question as opposed to a full day of writing, I'm going to be starting this on January 1st and can't wait, thank you mum and dad!

The Definitive book of Body Language by Allan and Barbara Pease - This was given to me by my Nan and Auntie who do their gifts together because they live together. This is essentially a book all about reading body language and how to change your body language to have ti say what you want to say, it's really interesting and psychology related and I can't wait to get into this one, Thanks Nan and Auntie!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Barnes and Noble Edition) - My lovely friend Ash had bought me this as a little present because her presents aren't arriving at my house until January but she wanted me to have something and I absolutely adore the Barnes and Noble editions, I haven't ever read Pride and Prejudice so let's hope I really enjoy it, Thanks Ash! <3

Thirteen by Tom Hoyle - Another book given to me by my Nan and Auntie which I have seen around the web and I thought sounded really interesting, I'm not entirely sure what it is about but I know that it has something to do with people who have been killed because they are all connected in some way and it follows someone who is the last and thirteenth person, I probably made that sound really rubbish but you get the gist.

The Literary Listography - Another thing that was given to me by my parents that is not technically a book but is a really great concept and I wanted to give it a mention. If you don't know me that well you probably don't know that I love to write lists, I'm big on to do lists, organisational things like pinboards and notepads and I had seen these in waterstones. This is a book full of lists that relate to a certain topic, in this instance my parents got me the literary one which has lists like "My Favourite classics" but there is also one related to films, a general listography and a future listography where you write about things that you are going to do in a future, kind of nerdy but I like it.

Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E.Thomas - Another book that was given to me by the lovely Tasha which just shows how much my friends know me, I was literally squeeling when I got this, I love anything related to Anti-Social Personality Disorder (Psychopaths and Sociopaths) and this is a book written by a Sociopath and how she uses this to manipulate people, can't wait to read this, thanks so much Tasha!!

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K.Dick - This book was given to me by the lovely Sarah Churchill and I am really excited to read this one! If you didn't know this book is what the movie Blade Runner is based off of, Sarah wrote that it is a lot less confusing than the movie but I haven't actually seen the movie so it's probably a good thing that I got the book first! Thank you so much Sarah!

Why we Broke up by Daniel Handler - This is another book by Megan Olivier and I can't get over how amazing and beautiful this book is in real life, I have never actually seen it before and it has such beautiful illustrations. For those that didn't know, Daniel Handler is the real name of Lemony Snicket, the writer of A Series of Unfortunate Events. This is a book written about why  a girl and guy broke up, the title is quite self explanatory, I was intrigued by this as normally a book ends in a romance where as this one ends in a break up which I really like as it's not cliche and I can't wait to read it, heard nothing but good things, Thanks so much Meg!!

Puffin Chalk Books - Finally, the lovely Ren got me two beautiful Puffin Chalk books and I felt like I would put these in together as they are the same editions. She got me Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and The Wizard of Oz by L.Frank Baum. I have never read either of these books and am incredibly excited to, Lewis Carroll is actually from Daresbury in Cheshire, which I live incredibly close to! I really love the Disney version of Alice as well as the Wizard of Oz film so I can't wait to get into these, thank you so much Ren <3

So that is it for my Christmas Haul! I was so incredibly spoilt this year, thank you so much to all my family and friends, I am so lucky and so grateful. I hope you all had a good Christmas and have a great new year! What books did you get for Christmas? 

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  1. I LOOOOOOOVE those Puffin Chalk editions too! I have Alice in Wonderland, but need to collect the rest still. There's only a few of them though isn't there? And that B & N edition, my goodness! That's what bookgasms are made of. Absolutely incredible haul. I think you need to adopt me so I can get in on all this present action :D Hope you had a wonderful Christmas poppet <3

    1. I believe there are only 6 (but I could be wrong!) I have 3 of them already so if I'm right I'm half way there ;) I have three B&N edition books and they are literally the most beautiful books I own, well worth the money in my opinion, I have hans christian anderson and grimms fairytales, which will definitely be passed onto my children!
      If you have an amazon wishlist you have to throw it my way so I can have a nosey and get you a christmas present next year because I really wanted to send you something! and through amazon it doesn't cost me a bomb ;)

      I hope you had a good christmas and new year :D